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12 Jan 2021 - 15 Jan 2021

Online via Zoom

Urban Studies, University of Basel

Veranstaltungen, Kongress / Tagung / Symposium

Conference: The Coloniality of Infrastructure - Eurafrican Legacies

Conference organized by Critical Urbanism, University of Basel, with keynotes by Achille Mbembe, Siba N'Zatioula Grovogui and Sarah Nuttall.


What are the infrastructural histories that bind the unequal destinies of people together across continents, and how do these legacies shape contemporary lifeworlds and international relations? How does infrastructural violence shape international relations between Africa and Europe, and how is the legacy of Eurafrica manifested in the spaces of everyday life? To answer these questions, the conference invites scholars from urban studies, history, political science, postcolonial theory, architecture, border and migration studies, and allied fields. We invite contributions that develop new perspectives of our geopolitical and interconnected urban present through its infrastructural pasts. Such studies of material and aesthetics relationships between Africa and Europe can focus on questions of lifeworlds, urban transformation, migration, territory, citizenship, development, or related themes. We are particularly interested in studies that can reveal the differential entanglements between people and places, and locate alternative forms of infrastructure, imaginaries of belonging, ongoing struggles for decolonization, and practices of world-making that decenter colonial ways of seeing, feeling, and knowing.


Registration open via conference website.

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